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Nick Turse, photo by Tam Turse
Nick Turse


NYS Writers Institute, February 19, 2014
4:15 p.m. Reading and discussion | Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center,
UAlbany, Uptown Campus


Nick Turse, investigative journalist and author of the Vietnam War history, Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (2013), a New York Times bestseller, will speak about his work at 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, on the University at Albany’s uptown campus. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute, Women Against War, and UAlbany’s Journalism Program in conjunction with its 40th Anniversary.

"When I found those
documents, I wanted to tell
the story those documents
told me. . .that U.S. war
crimes in Vietnam weren't
isolated incidents. . ." (3:17)

Nick Turse,
award-winning journalist specializing in national security and military issues, is the author most recently of the New York Times bestseller Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (2013), an account of U.S. war crimes against Vietnamese civilians based on previously classified documents.

Journalist Chris Hedges called the new book, “A masterpiece… an unflinching account of the nature of modern industrial warfare,” and bestselling author Tim O’Brien called it, “an overdue and powerfully detailed account of widespread war crimes.” Political commentator and talk show host Bill Moyers called it, “a fresh holistic work that stands alone for its blending of history and journalism, for the integrity of research brought to life through the diligence of first-person interviews… a powerful message for us today— a reminder of what war really costs.”

Turse’s earlier books include The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyberwarfare (2012), Terminator Planet: The First History of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050 (2012, with Tom Engelhardt), The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan (2010), and The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives (2008). Wired magazine called The Complex, “fascinating, no matter where you place yourself on the ideological spectrum.”

Turse is the Investigative Fund fellow at the Nation Institute, an outgrowth of The Nation magazine, and managing editor of that organization’s news weblog, TomDispatch.com. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Nation, and elsewhere. In addition, to his investigations of Vietnam, he has written extensively about American military operations in Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa, as well as drone warfare, U. S. special operations, the human costs of the global recession, and the arms trade around the world.

Turse’s investigations of U.S. war crimes in Vietnam have earned him the Nation Institute’s Special Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, bestowed at a meeting of the National Press Club in April 2009, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and a fellowship at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.  His other prizes include the 2009 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and a 2009 MOLLY National Journalism Prize honorable mention. Turse was also a finalist for the 2006 Tom Renner Award for Outstanding Crime Reporting from Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.

For additional information, contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at https://www.albany.edu/writers-inst.